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Builder Spotlight - Merck Contracting

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Builder Spotlight - Merck Contracting

When it comes to basic needs, every person should have a roof over their head. While this makes the housing market seem like a wide open field, some of the most successful builders have made it big by targeting a niche locale. Merck Contracting has done just that.

Headquartered in Waco, Texas, Merck Contracting specializes in developing upscale gated communities. These communities provide residents with the privacy and space of a house and all the amenities of an upscale apartment complex.

Merck Contracting was founded by former Waco residents who had experienced local renting firsthand, and they knew something needed to change.

“Before our neighborhoods, you were basically paying premium price for a terrible home or apartment with poor management. There wasn’t anything readily available that made you think you were actually getting your money’s worth,” said David Mercer, president of Merck Contracting.

Since their first neighborhood in 2006, Merck Contracting has completed three subdivisions in Waco, Texas, and one in College Station, Texas. With more than 200 Colorado-style homes, the niche market has been a success.

All the homes are about 2400 square feet with two stories and four bedrooms, and they withstand the wear and tear of renting in part because they are largely constructed of engineered wood, from the floors, to the walls, to the outside panels.

With LP® SolidStart® Floor System and LP® TopNotch® Sub-Flooring, Mercer hasn’t had any complaints on any of the homes’ floors. And, the use of LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding has allowed Merck Contracting to create beautiful homes with the look of cedar but the durability of engineered wood protected by the SmartGuard® process.

Because their gated communities have been such a hit, Merck Contracting is currently working on two new developments: one in Baton Rouge, La. and one in San Antonio, Texas.

For more information about Merck Contracting’s neighborhoods call (254) 716-3780.

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